This article features a handful of activities you can do with your team, broken up into two categories click on them to jump to that section. Activities to increase interpersonal understanding and inclusion. Activities to increase awareness of invisible social structures like privilege. A key outcome of an inclusive workforce is a place where any employee can do their best work. The uphill battle to create this workplace utopia may seem daunting, but the seeds are sewn at the most micro levels of interpersonal understanding. Get this activity started by getting a group together - no more than 5 or 6 people.
Connect The Dots
Who is Responsible for Inclusion?
As my eldest son becomes a pre-teen, emotional intelligence, acceptance, empathy and understanding have become hot topics in our house. Following is a synopsis of some diversity activities that our colleagues have posted online. The Diversity Thumball is a fun training tool that tackles a difficult topic with smarts and sensitivity. Toss it around in a group and ask participants to share their reaction to whatever prompt lies under their thumb. Sampling of discussion prompts include:.
Diversity Training Games and Exercises
Trainers and teachers NEED to be able to understand how research is done in education and learning. Unlike teaching "hard" skills, delivering courses on employment equity and workplace diversity involve impacting upon belief systems that participants might hold. It's a lot different than teaching typing, where there is no emotional content or barriers to looking at things in a different way. Words, by themselves have minimal impact in changing beliefs, particularly when it comes to stereotypes or negative attitudes towards things like Affirmative Action. The presentation of facts also doesn't work well. There has to be at least some level of experiences that help participants FEEL what's it's like to be a minority, or excluded. Games, and learning activities are essential tools for this kind of training, so we've gathered together a few we think you may find useful. Information and links to games, exercises and simulations used in diversity training, or employment equity, or affirmative action training.